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Murder victim's family wants to know why his alleged attacker — with 98 prior convictions — was free

Gino Bassett Sr., was charged in the stabbing death of a 55-year-old father of six last month. Bassett has had 98 prior arrests, including charges of burglary, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and resisting an officer. (Image source: Video screenshot)

The man charged with killing a Chicago father of six children had 98 prior arrests, and now the victim's family wants to know why the suspect was on the streets in the first place, WBBM-TV reported.

Police charged Gino Bassett Sr., 56, in the stabbing death of Miguel Beedle in River North last month. The suspect's record includes charges of burglary, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and resisting an officer, according to WBBM.

“That person should not be on the street. It’s so wrong on so many levels. My family is a victim of the whole Cook County jail system, as well as Gino Bassett,” Beedle's fiance, Barbara Misiur, told the news outlet.

Beedle, 55, and Misiur, who have three young children, together were set to be married this month in Poland.

What's the story?

Police believe Bassett may have robbed Beedle before killing him in an alley at about 2:30 a.m. March 23. A witness said Beedle had been seen counting some money outside after leaving a club shortly before his death, WLS-TV reported.

Images of the suspect, before and after the killing, were captured on surveillance video, according to police.

"Gino Bassett, armed with a 5-inch blade, followed Mr. Beedle into the alley. On video surveillance recordings, Gino Bassett is seen shoving Mr. Beedle further into the alley, where Mr. Beedle is fatally stabbed in the neck," Cook County Assistant District Attorney Jamie Santini told the court two weeks ago.

Basset fled to the Red Line station where video captured him threatening two women with a knife and later pulling cash, credit cards, and a knife from his pockets, according to prosecutors.

What else?

Authorities charged Bassett with first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He's being held without bond.

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